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Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels Plant Bond Issue Approved (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2017-08-11
Further to our August 2 coverage, in Carson City, the Nevada state Board of Finance reports it has approved the issuance of $140 million in bonds to help Pleasanton, California-based Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels construct and run a garbage-to-jet fuel production facility at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. The plant is expect to cost a total of $340 million.

The new facility will process 175,000 tpy of landfill garbage garbage into a sludge that will be further processed at a California facility into 11 million gpy of jet fuel a year. (Source: Fulcrum, Las Vegas Sun, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Fulcrum BioEnergy, Jeanne Benedetti, VP, Jim Macias, CEO, Pres., (925) 730-0150,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

Biox Sombra Biodiesl Plant Upgrades on Hold (Ind. Report)
Biox, Methes Energies Canada
Date: 2017-08-11
Canadian biodiesel producer BIOX Corporation is reporting the postponement of upgrades at its Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel production facility pending a Sept. 7 shareholder meeting and review of a planned transition from a publicly traded to a private company. Biox’s board of directors are recommending that shareholders vote in favor of taking the company private.

Biox purchased the 50 million liter (13.2 million gallon) nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, from Methes Energies Canada Inc. in 2016 for $4.5 million. This spring, Biox announced it is working with Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. to lease Forge up to four acres at the Sombra site for construction of a 25 MMly renewable diesel plant using Forge’s technology. (Source: Biox, 89 Aug., 2017) Contact: BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biox,  Biodiesel,  Methes Energies Canada ,  

Hawaiian Eucalyptus Biomass Plant on Track (Ind. Report)
Hu Honua Bioenergy
Date: 2017-08-11
In the Aloha State, Hilo-headquartered Hu Honua Bioenergy reports construction of its 30-MW eucalyptus-fired biomass power plant near Pepeekeo is on track for completion and commissioning in December, 2018.

In July, Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HECO) threatened to cancel, then amended a power purchase agreement with Hu Honua due to missed construction deadlines. Under the amended PPA, Hu Honua would produce up to 21.5 MW, of which HECO would purchase at least 10 MW. The project's construction costs are expected to reach approximately $250 million. (Source: Hu Honua Bioenergy, West Hawaii Today, 9 August., 2017) Contact: Hu Honua Bioenergy, LLC, www.; HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Bioenergy,  

Hawaii Seeks Operator for Reforestation Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Date: 2017-08-11
The Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife has issued an RfP for an operator to sell carbon offset credits for reforestation and recovery of its planned Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project on Mauna Kea .

The Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project calls for the planting of native trees and watershed land restoration. The improvements will be paid for through the sale of carbon offset credits, with one such credit typically certifying the storage of one metric ton of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in plants and other organic material. (Source: Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu Star, AP, Aug., 2017) Contact: Puu Mali Forest Carbon Project, (808) 587-0166,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  Reforestation,  

Laguna Beach Sticks with Paris Climate Accord (Ind. Report)
Laguna Beach, Paris Climate Accord
Date: 2017-08-11
In California, the Laguna Beach City Council reports it will support other cities and countries initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Accord.

To that end, the council unanimously adopted a resolution that supports goals of the Paris Agreement and commits the city to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through additional policies and programs than those currently included in its own Climate Protection Action Plan. The council also directed city staff to explore ways of measuring and reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: City of Leguna Beach, Daily Pilot, p Aug., 2017) Contact: City of Leguna Beach, City Council, (949) 497-3311,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord,  Climate Change,  

Shell Launches Methane Detection Pilot (Ind. Report)
Shell Oil
Date: 2017-08-11
In Houston, oil giant Shell reports it has launched a methane detector pilot at one of its shale gas sites near Rocky Mountain House in Alberta, Canada.

The Methane Detectors Challenge pilot test is part of a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), oil and gas companies, US government agencies and technology developers. The initiative aims to enable better early detection and repair of methane leaks, and ultimately reduce emissions.

In addition to the Methane Detectors Challenge, Shell is involved in other partnerships, including the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) to understand the gaps in methane data and detection technology. (Source: Shell Oil, Aug., 2017)Contact: Shell US, (713 )241-6161,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Shell Oil,  

Utah Relaunches C-PACE Program Statewide (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Real Estate Solutions
Date: 2017-08-09
Sustainable Real Estate Solutions reports it has been selected by the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED) to administer the state's updated commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) program.

Utah launched its statewide C-PACE program in 2015 after passing legislation enabling commercial PACE in March 2013. Senate Bill 221 authorized local governments to adopt C-PACE financing programs, which offered commercial and industrial property owners a unique mechanism to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy building upgrades.

Senate Bill 273, enacted in March 2017, expands the scope of eligible projects, establishing a statewide C-PACE District, and more clearly defines the process of developing and closing projects. In this updated program, financing is provided by private capital providers in an open market and repaid through a voluntary assessment on the owner's property tax bill over a period of up to 30 years. (Source: Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, PE Web, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED),; C-PACE,; Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Brian McCarter, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-PACE,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  

Taiwan's 1st Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Swancor Renewable,DONG Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
Taipei-based wind energy developer Swancor Renewable Energy Co. Ltd. is reporting that Taiwan's Formosa I offshore wind farm off the coast of Miaoli County has generated 6.5MW pf electric power since its commissioning and launch in April. The installation's capacity is expected to grow 1,500 pct to 120MW by 2019.

Formosa I is one of the three projects supervised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Bureau of Energy as part of its goal to install 1,000 offshore wind turbines by 2030. Taiwan's most promising areas for wind energy are along the island's western coast where DONG Energy is developing offshore wind sites. (Source: Swancor Renewable, Focus Taiwan, 6 Aug., 2017) Contact: Swancor Renewable,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  DONG Energy,  

Vestas Wins Cactus Flats Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas, Southern Power
Date: 2017-08-09
Vestas is reporting receipt of an unconditional, firm order for the supply and commissioning of 43 units of its V126-3.45 MW turbines, including a 20-year service contract, from Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power. The turbines are destined for installation at the Cactus Flats wind farm in Concho County, Texas. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, NA Windpower, Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US/Canada Pres., +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Southern Power,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  Cactus Flats,  

PacifiCorp "Re-Powering Wyoming Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
PacifiCorp Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
Portland, Oregon-based, PacifiCorp Energy reports it is refitting and "re-powering" its fleet 2008-vintage wind turbines near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, with longer blades and newer technology to increase power production capacity.

The upgrades are expected to increase output of the wind projects by 20 pct on average while extending the operating life of the projects and thus allow the projects to re-qualify for federal production tax credits for an additional 10 years. (Source: PacifiCorp Energy, Saratoga Sun, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PacifiCorp Energy,  Wind,  Wind Turbines,  

Alliant Energy Announces Iowa Wind Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
Interstate Power and Light
Date: 2017-08-09
Alliant Energy reports it's Iowa energy unit, Interstate Power and Light, is seeking Iowa Utilities Board approval for an additional 500 MW of wind energy in Iowa. A decision is expected in early 2018. With the company's existing Iowa wind installation, the combined projects would represent a $1.8 billion investment and add up to 1,000 MW of new wind generation in Iowa -- sufficient power for as many as 430,000 Iowa homes for one year. (Source: Alliant Energy Iowa, Renewables Now, Others Media, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Interstate Power and Light,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Interstate Power and Light,  

DONG Dumps 50 pct of Borkum Riffgrund Offshore Wind (Int'l)
DONG Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
DONG Energy reports it has inked an agreement to sell 50 pct of Borkum Riffgrund 2, a 450 MW German offshore wind farm project, to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Borkum Riffgrund 2 is currently under construction and is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019. The total sale price amounts to approx. €1,170 million payable over a period from 2017 until 2019, subject to regulatory and other approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed before the year end.

The wind farm will utilize 56 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW wind turbines and generate sufficient power for 460,000 German households every year. The wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019. (Source: DONG Energy, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Borkum Riffgrund,  

Tesla Taking Deposits on Solar Roof Tile Installations (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
Electric auto maker and soon to be solar giant Tesla reports it has begun installing its solar roof in the US. Earlier this year, the company began taking $1,000 (£761) deposits for its glass roof tiles which, according to the company, are indistinguishable from high-end roofing. Tesla claims the product, which takes around a week to install, is more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles.

As we previously reported, Musk says the new tempered, textured glass tiles look like ordinary roof tiles but allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. They are "tough as steel" and can weather a "lifetime of abuse from the elements" as well as be fitted with heating elements to melt snow in colder climates. According to Musk, the tiles are "never going to wear out", have a "quasi-infinite lifetime" and are comparable to competing high-efficiency solar panels. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Solar,  Solar Roof Tile,  Elon Musk,  

CA Air Quality Offices Empowered to Shutdown Emitters (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-08-09
In the Golden State, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving air quality officials the power to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people's health. The law, which comes into force Jan. 1, 2018, will empower pollution control officers to issue immediate "cease and desist" orders when violations pose an "imminent and substantial" danger. The orders are temporary, pending a hearing before an administrative board.

Currently, air regulators seeking orders to curtail operations that violate rules and threaten public health must go through a lengthy administrative hearing process during which time pollution continues unabated. (Source: Various Media, LA Times, 7 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emittions,  

Green Bond Issuance on the Rise, says Moody's (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
Moody's, the rating agency, is reporting that $32.2 billion in green bonds representing 116 transactions from a total of 85 issuers were issued in Q2 of this year, although average transaction size decreased significantly to $278 million from $360 million in the previous quarter.

Just over 20 pct of bonds came from China, still the largest financier of such bonds, with $6.8 billion committed during Q2, followed by $5.8 billion in the US, $3.6 billion in the Netherlands, $3.2 billion in Germany and $2.9 billion of new deals from supranational issuers. This takes total green bond issuance to around $61.7 billion for Q1 and Q@ 2017, a 66 pct increase on the same period in 2016. It also suggests the market may exceed $120 billion by year end.

Most funds raised continue to be directed towards renewables and energy efficiency projects, which make up 27 pct and 21 pct of proceeds, respectively. This is in fact down on previous years, with Moody’s ascribing the reduction to the introduction of green building projects as a separate category from energy efficiency. (Source: Moodys, Renewables News, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: Moody's,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  

Iowa Calls for Stronger Renewable Fuels Standard (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
In Washington, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other renewable fuel supporters have celled on the EPA to strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) saying that ethanol and biodiesel blend levels are too low and if not raised could curtail future investment in the biofuels-biodiesel industry.

Iowa hosts two large cellulosic ethanol plants (Emmetsburg and Nevada) that use corn stover -- stalks, husks and other corn crop residue -- as feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. The two plants are expected to produce approximately 25 million gallons of fuel in 2018. Yet the proposed level assumes only 17 million gallons of liquid cellulosic biofuel from the entire country. Iowa and industry leaders also criticized the proposed biomass-biodiesel requirements that left the 2019 mandate at the 2018 level of 2.1 billion gpy. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 7 Aug., 2017) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  

EMSA Launches Emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification System (Ind. Report)
European Maritime Safety Agency
Date: 2017-08-09
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), a European Union agency, reports the launch of THETIS-MRV, a new emissions monitoring, reporting and verification system to help reduce CO2 emissions from E.U. shipping. The system will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using E.U. ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by the E.U.'s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Regulation.

The THETIS-MRV system enables companies to work together with accredited verifiers to prepare monitoring plans in a voluntary module and to release emission compliance reports to the European Commission and other authorities using the mandatory module.

In 2013, the E.U. Commission set out a CO2 emissions monitoring, reporting and verification strategy for progressively integrating maritime emissions into the E.U.'s policy for reducing its domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

Maritime shipping emits approximately 1,000 million tpy CO2 and is responsible for about 2.5 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase between 50 and 250 pct by 2050. (Source: European Maritime Safety Agency, MarEx , 7 Aug., 2017)Contact: EMSA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Maritime Safety Agency,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions ,  

Kiwi NGOs Demand Zero Carbon Act to Fight Climate Change (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2017-08-09
A group of 14 New Zealand NGOs has issued an open letter to every member of the country's Parliament calling for a Zero Carbon Act to fight climate change.

The proposed legislation would set a target of zero-net emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by 2050 and bind future Governments to act decisively to reduce emissions. It would also establish an independent body to make recommendations to government on how to enact greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Oxfam, VSA, Unicef, and Amnesty International are among the NGOs that believe the New Zealand government is not doing enough to reach its Paris Climate Accord target of reducing its net emissions of harmful gases to 57.7 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. (Source: NZ Stuff, 8 August, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

NH Scuttles Unused Carbon Emissions Registry (Ind. Report)
New Hampshire Air Resources Division
Date: 2017-08-09
In the Granite State, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services reports that the 1999 New Hampshire Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Registry that allowed businesses to voluntarily record reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions with the state was allowed to expire on its May 16, 2017 sunset date because it was not being used. according to (DES) officials, and it had already expired on May 16, 2017. Further, the N.H. Legislature repealed the law creating it in June.

The registry was more a protection for industrial sources to voluntarily register their emissions, according to the New Hampshire Air Resources Division. The registry was intended to be a central database for business owners to record, if they desired, the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their companies and the actions taken to limited emissions, if any. (Source: N.H. Department of Environmental Services, NH Air Resources Div., Keene Sentinal, 7 April, 2017) Contact: New Hampshire Air Resources Division, (603) 271-1370,; N.H. Department of Environmental Services, (603) 271-3503,

Trump USDA Bans "Climate Change" -- If Only it Was That Easy! (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2017-08-09
The following list of "acceptable" Trump Administration terminology was issued to USDA underlings by USDA Director of Soil Health, Bianca Moebius-Clune:

"(The phrase) 'climate change' is in the 'avoid' category, to be replaced by 'weather extremes'. Instead of 'climate change adaption', staff are asked to use 'resilience to weather extremes'.

"The primary cause of human-driven climate change is also targeted, with the term 'reduce greenhouse gases' blacklisted in favor of 'build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency'. Meanwhile, 'sequester carbon' is ruled out and replaced by 'build soil organic matter.' "

We can't help but wonder if a rose by any other name really smells as sweet? (Source: USDA, Jezabel, The Slot, 7 August, 2017)Contact: USDA Director of Soil Health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, (202) 205-7712,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  

Highways England Researching "Parafin Fuels" (Int'l Report)
Highways England
Date: 2017-08-09
In the UK, the federal Highways England agency reports it is researching replacing diesel with biofuels as part of a scheme to slash the dangerous levels of toxic nitrogen oxides or particulate emissions. To that end, the agency will be testing "paraffin fuels" including natural gas, treated vegetable oil and woody biomass converted to oil fuels as a direct replacement to diesel.

The Government recently announced that the sales of new petrol and diesel car should be banned by 2040. The ban could be lifted on cars that are powered by natural fuels such as vegetable oil.

The agency's research plans form a part of the Government's air quality strategy which aims to drastically reduce air pollution across the country. (Source: Highways England, The Express, Aug., 2017)Contact: Highways England,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  

Bay State Gov. Supporting Woody Biomass Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-09
The Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's (R) administration has proposed rules that would designate fuel derived from felled trees as a form of renewable energy. The Governor's regulations would provide financial incentives and subsidies for woody biomass renewable fuels.

Environmental advocates and others are opposed to the initiative on the grounds that the rules would increase carbon emissions and lead to greater deforestation. Supporters say the Governor's scheme poses little threat of deforestation to the state which is 62 pct forest covered and the 8th most forested state in the nation. (Source: Olympian, Boston Globe, AP 7 Aug., 2017) Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuels,  

Enel Group Completes $250Mn EnerNOC Acquisition (M&A)
EnerNOC,Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2017-08-09
Following up on our June 26th coverage, Andover, Massachusetts-headquartered Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) reports it has closed on its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of EnerNOC, Inc. for approximately $250 million.

EnerNOC offers energy intelligence software that enables businesses to boost facility efficiency, simplify utility bill management and ease reporting proceedures. Enel Green Power North America, Inc. manages a portfolio of over 100 renewable energy power plants totaling more than 3.3 GW with an additional 900 MW capacity currently under construction. (Source: EnerNOC, Inc., NASDAQ, Aug., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  EnerNOC,  

Powin Wins 2.4MWh Hawaiian Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Powin Energy, Adon Renewables
Date: 2017-08-09
Tualatin, Oregon-based utility battery energy storage specialist Powin Energy Corporation reports it will provide 2.4MWh of energy storage systems across seven sites being built by Adon Renewables in Hawaii.

The seven solar-plus-storage projects will incorporate Powin's Energy Stack140 battery and Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS) management software. (Source: Powin Energy 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoffrey Brown, Pres., (503) 598-6659,, Adon Renewables, Adon Construction & Solar, Michael Chen, Pres., (808) 236-1110,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powin Energy,  Energy Storage,  

ACE VP Wants RFS Point Of Obligation Unchanged (Reg & Leg)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2017-08-09
American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior VP Ron Lamberty is calling for the EPA's Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Point of Obligation to remain unchanged. The ACE stance is in response to reports that the EPA was going to reject proposed changes to the Point of Obligation RFS rule requiring oil companies to blend a designated amount of ethanol into gasoline. An EPA ruling is expected within the next few weeks. (Source: ACE, WNAX , 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Ron Lamberty, (605) 334-3381,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Point of Obligation,  RFS,  

Promise's Energy Efficient Solar Water Heating Contributes to LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
Promise Energy
Date: 2017-08-09
In Hollywood, California, the Selma Community Housing residential development has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED for Homes Platinum certification for various energy efficiency features including the installation of a Solar Water Heating system installed by Los Angeles-headquartered Promise Energy Inc..

The system offsets 42 pct of the annual energy consumption for water heating, a savings equivalent to avoiding burning 12,000 pounds of coal or 1,300 gallons of gasoline each year.

The project transformed a parking lot into a five-story housing complex that improves environmental health through increased accessibility to public transportation and helps Hollywood lower its carbon footprint. (Source: Promise Energy, 8 Aug., 2017) Contact: Promise Energy, Jonas Villalba, VP Business Development , (888) 444-7911,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Storage,  

U.S. Carbon Tax Worth $2.1Tn, says Dem. Senators (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax,US Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-08-07
Following on our July 31st coverage, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz (D) of Hawaii say they do not yet have Republican support for a new bill to tax carbon emissions, and have asked a conservative group to help them find the support.

According to Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz, the bill would raise $2.1 trillion in federal revenue over 10 years by requiring companies to pay $49 per ton of carbon emissions next year, a figure that would increase annually.

BP, Royal Dutch Shell, PepsiCo, Walmart and other major corporation have come out in suppoprt of a carbon tax and their support could prove to be the game-changer in garnering Republican support.

In 2016, candidate Trump and a majority of the House opposed the same tax on the grounds that it "would be harmful to American families and businesses, and would not be in the best interest of the United States."

The carbon tax would cut CO2 emissions 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. (Source: Gephardt Daily, Various Sources, UPI, July 28, 2017) Contact: U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI), (401) 453-5294,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sheldon Whitehouse,  Carbon Tax,  

Notable Quote
Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-08-07
"Virtually every person on the Republican side who has thought the climate change problem through to a solution has come to the same place: price carbon emissions to encourage cleaner energy and return the revenue to the American people." -- U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

Con Edison Proposes Maine Wind Energy Delivery to the Bay State Boston (Ind. Report)
Con Edison
Date: 2017-08-07
New York energy utility Con Edison reports it aims to partner with Maine Power Express LLC, (MPX) a group of energy developers, to construct wind farms in Penobscot and Arostock Counties, Maine. Power from the new wind farms would be transmitted to Boston through a bid process under consideration in Massachusetts.

Under the plan, MPX would build a 630-megawatt wind facility in Penobscot and Aroostook counties called County Line Wind. Then the partnership would deliver that power via an underground power line on an existing energy corridor that eventually connects to an underwater transmission line to Boston, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

If the MPX project wins the Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, it would sign a 20-year power purchase agreement with Massachusetts utilities regulators, according to the release. Construction of the wind farms and the transmission corridor would be complete by 2022, according to the bid. Massachusetts is expected to make its selection in January 2018. (Source: Con Edison, Press Herald, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: Con Edison, (212) 460-4600,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Con Edison,  Wind,  

RIT Studying Solar Cell Energy Storage Technology (R&D)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Date: 2017-08-07
In the Empire State, researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) report the expansion of both solar cell technology and knowledge of environmental effects of energy storage on the electricity grid.

In solar cell technology, RIT researchers are focused on maximizing how much of the solar spectrum can be taken in using tandem junction solar cells based on III-V compounds -- metallic and non-metallic elements on the Periodic Table to supplement silicon, RIT said.

The project will be conducted over a two-year period and aims to expand the scope of III-V solar cells beyond niche markets.

The RIT research has received a $149,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the climate, health and environmental effects of operating energy storage devices and to propose new electricity system policies that allow the economic benefits of storage to be captured without causing inadvertent emissions. Work is slated to begin this fall. (Source: Rochester Inst. of Tech., Rochester Business Journal, Kerry Feltmer, Aug,, 2017) Contact: Rochester Institute of Technology,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rochester Institute of Technology,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  Energy Storage,  

EU Countries Add 6.1 GW of Wind Energy to Date in 2017 (Int'l)
Date: 2017-08-07
According to the European wind energy advocacy group WindEurope, Europe has to date in 2017 added 6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity in Europe -- 2.2 GW in Germany, 1.2 GW inthe UK and 492 MW in France. The report also revealed that there are 18 offshore wind project underway in Germany, UK, Belgium and Finland totaling 1.3 GW installed. (Source: WindEurope, Marine Journal, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

£1.5Mn Added to Scottish Gov. Offshore Wind Investment (Int'l)

Date: 2017-08-07
The Scottish Government is reporting an additional £1.5 million investment in the Carbon Trust's world-leading Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) development and demonstration programme in a bid to stimulate innovation in the sector. Funding will also continue for other projects exploring potential opportunities that offshore wind can offer to Scotland and ultimately lead to a reduction in costs.

Schemes receiving funding will be those which encourage international collaboration and knowledge-sharing between offshore wind developers. sectors to improve the industry as a whole. The OWA programme brings together nine of the largest offshore wind developers in Europe – DONG Energy, EnBW, E.ON, Iberdrola, innogy, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, The Courier, Various Media, 5 Aug., 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager of Innovation, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Scotland Offshore Wind,  Carbon Trust,  

Aurora Reports Gemini Bifacial Solutions Order (Ind. Report)
Aurora Solar Technologies
Date: 2017-08-07
North Vancouver, BC-based Aurora Solar Technologies Inc. reports receipt of an order for two Decima™ Gemini measurement systems, and Veritas™ process visualization systems, for deployment on new bifacial cell fabrication lines. In addition to this purchase, the unnamed customer has agreed to a joint project with Aurora to define, document and publish the economic benefits of Aurora’s bifacial cell measurement and visualization technology.

The ordered systems will be used to speed the ramp-up of the new production lines and assist in solar cell R&D and production equipment development. The systems are scheduled for delivery in September and October. (Source: Aurora Solar Technologies, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies, Michael Heaven, CEO, Pres., (778) 241-5000, ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar Technologies,  Solar,  

Allete Clean Energy Inks Turbine Refurbishment Deal (Ind. Report)
Allete Clean Energy
Date: 2017-08-07
Duluth, Minnesota-based Allete Clean Energy energy firm announced Wednesday an $80 million wind turbine project that would refurbish turbines at its two Storm Lake, Iowa wind farms and one in Minnesota.

The project would replace select blades, gearboxes and generators at the Storm Lake 1 and 2 wind sites in Buena Vista and Cherokee counties. The project would also repair turbines at the company's wind site in Lake Benton, Minnesota.

Storm Lake 1 incorporates 144 turbines that generate 108 MW of energy. It is adjacent to Storm Lake 2 that has 104 turbines that produce 79 MW.

The project is slated to get underway this year for completion in 2020. (Source: Allete Clean Energy, Sioux City Journal, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, (218) 355-3232,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Allete Clean Energy ,  Wind,  

IKEA Offering Options to Tesla Solar Panels, Powerwall (Int'l)
IKEA,Tesla, SolarCentury
Date: 2017-08-07
IKEA reports it has teamed up with SolarCentury in the UK to offer homeowners a new solar battery storage solution which rivals Tesla's Powerwall. The IKEA offering, which is compatible with existing panels or as part of a new combined system, claims to cut electricity bills by up to 70 pct, according to IKEA.

The IKEA solar battery storage solution is for sale in the UK, where typically, solar equipped houses use 40 pct of their sun-sourced energy and send the remaining 60 pct back to the national grid. (Source: IKEA, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: IKEA UK,; Tesla Powerwall,; Solarcentury, +44 (0) 20 7549 1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  SolarCentury,  Tesla,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

Minnesota Bumping Biodiesel Blend Up to B20 (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-07
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports that the state will raise its biodiesel-gasoline blend rate from the present 10 pct to 20 pct (B20) beginning May, 2018. Minnesota has led the nation in setting biodiesel standards starting with a 2005 requirement that all diesel fuel contain at least 2 pct biodiesel.

Although the increase is being applauded by soybean farmers, but diesel producers and the trucking industry are expected to push back against the increase. Production companies have told state officials they don’t have the necessary infrastructure to move to a 20 percent blend, but a review completed by the Department of Commerce found economic and infrastructure conditions were right for the increase.

The new B20 blend will be sold from May to October, when gas stations will go back to a 5 percent blend due to the cold weather. (Source: Minnesota Agriculture Commission, Mankato Free Press, 4 Aug., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, Commissioner Dave Frederickson, (651) 201-6000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blends,  

Aemetis, InEnTec Ink Cellulosic Ethanol Tech Deal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-07
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports it has signed a Master Agreement with key exclusive rights for the use of Richland, Washington-based InEnTec's patented Plasma Enhanced Melter® gasification technology to produce cellulosic ethanol. The InEnTec gasification technology agreement is a key part of Aemetis' strategy to produce high value, low carbon cellulosic ethanol from locally sourced biomass by integrating InEnTec's patented advanced gasification technology with LanzaTech's patented microbial fermentation technology. InEnTec's technology was developed at MIT and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with the support of the US Department of Energy.

Under the Master Agreement, Aemetis has predominant exclusive rights to use the InEnTec gasification equipment and technology for cellulosic ethanol production until 2024. The gasification technology complements Aemetis' current license with LanzaTech for syngas-to-ethanol conversion, providing Aemetis with a complete technology solution to produce locally sourced, low carbon cellulosic ethanol, accoding to a release. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., PR, 4 Aug., 2017) Contact: InEnTec, (509) 946-5700,,; Aemetis Inc., Eric McAfee, CEO,(408) 213-0939,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  InEnTec,  

EPA Expected to Nix Biofuel Point of Obligation Changes (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-08-07
It is being widely reported that the Trump administration EPA will reject a proposed overhaul of the U.S. biofuels program -- Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) -- that would move biofuel blending responsibilities from fuel refiners and place the burden on fuel blenders and other entities. The EPA is expected formally announce the decision within the next two weeks.

Biofuels producers have claimed that shifting the 'point of obligation' away from refiners would cause "years of industry upheaval." The American Petroleum Institute (API) has opposed the change, saying it would be a "distraction from the kind of overhaul or full-on repeal the program needs." (Sourc: EPA, FSM News, Others, 4 Aug., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  Point of Obligation,  EPA,  API,  

PCJ Developing Castor Oil Biodiesel Blend (Ind. Report)
Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica
Date: 2017-08-07
In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the government agency charged with leading the country's energy resources, reports it has developed a castor seed oil for use in diesel vehicles. The blend could replace 97,000 bpy of imported oil and save Jamaican motorists an estimated $540 million per year in imports.

PCJ is making the effort to develop local alternative energy sources to rely less on imports and help advance the Jamaican economy and agricultural sector with satellite farms even as small as an acre being able to grow caster plants.

As previously reported, small-scale trials and improvements to the new blend are ongoing in cooperation with the Jamaica's University of Technology. (Source: Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica, Various Media, 4 August., 2017) Contact: Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica, Winston Watson, Gen, Mgr., (876) 929-5380,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Castor Seed Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend ,  

Biofuels Impact on Climate Change Study Announced (Ind. Report)
Clemson University
Date: 2017-08-07
In South Carolina, Clemson University scientists have received a USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) 2-year grant totaling $147,744 grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change. Quantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock -- switchgrass and loblolly pine -- for biofuel has on local temperature and carbon sequestration can aid the development of effective land-use policies and is the key of a new research project led by Clemson University scientist Thomas O'Halloran.

According to O'Halloran, "If we incentivize the Southeast to plant switchgrass instead of loblolly pine, for example, how would that affect local climate? This study will give us some answers. Biofuels are about reducing fossil fuel use in the interest of benefiting the climate, so this research is about getting a holistic view on whether this is actually beneficial to the environment."

The research aims to analyze how switchgrass fields and loblolly pine forests affect local temperatures through the exchange of water, energy, radiation and carbon with the atmosphere, and also quantify below- and above-ground carbon fluxes in both loblolly pine and switchgrass plantations and assess the greenhouse gas emissions of the full biofuel production chain for each crop. This will provide a comparative picture of the potential of these feedstocks to reduce carbon emissions when generating electricity by co-firing in a coal power plant. (Source: Clemson Univ., Media Release, 4 Aug., 2017) Contact: Clemson University, Assist. Prof. Thomas O'Halloran, (843) 546-1013,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Climate Change. Polar,  Switchgrass,  

Praj, GEVO Partnering to Advance Isobutanol Tech (Ind. Report)
Praj Industries,GEVO
Date: 2017-08-07
Mumbai-headquartered Praj Industries Ltd. reports it will partner with Colorado-based isobutanol specialist GEVO to use GEVO's proprietary technology to process sugarcane juice and molasses under the terms of a Joint Development Agreement and a Development License Agreement dating from November 2015.

Praj to adapt GEVO's isobutanol technology to using non-corn based sugars and lignocellulose feedstocks. The aim is to develop a process design package that will be offered for commercialization to cane juice and molasses-based ethanol plants, as licensees of GEVO's isobutanol technology. Licensing is expected to be focused on Praj plants located in India, South America and South East Asia.

Praj is working to adapt GEVO's technology to Praj's second-generation bio-refineries, enabling the production of isobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass. Gevo is expected to be the primary off-taker, marketer and initial distributor for isobutanol produced from the plants built by Praj that use Gevo's isobutanol technology. (Source: Praj, GEVO, Others, Biofuels Int'l, 4 Aug., 2017)Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358,,; Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  GEVO,  Isobutanol ,  

Ulster Univ. Energy Storage Project Awarded €6.7Mn (Int'l)
University of Ulster
Date: 2017-08-07
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ulster University is reporting receipt of €6.7 million in funding for a cross-border research project to develop a range of consumer-owned energy storage resources as part of an energy markets modernization and transformation of how energy will be generated, stored and used in the future.

SPIRE 2 is one of three Ulster University research projects involving a collaboration between Ulster University, three research institutes and 14 businesses via a cross-border Virtual Research Graduate School. the variability of output from renewable energy.

It is expected that SPIRE 2 will generate at least eight intellectual property disclosures in areas ranging from thermochemical material storage to heat pump design and ways to prevent biofouling. Matching funds for the project has been provided by the Dept of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation in Ireland and the Dept for the Economy in Northern Ireland.(Source: Ulster University, Tech Central, 4 Aug., 2017)Contact: University of Ulster, Prof Neil Hewitt, +44 28 7012 3456,

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Willdan Snares Integral Analytics for $30Mn (M&A)
Willdan Group,Integral Analytics
Date: 2017-08-07
Anaheim, California-headquartered energy efficiency and technical services specialist Willdan Group Inc. is reporting the $30 million acquisition of Cinicinati-based Integral Analytics Inc., a data analytics and software company, to expand its offerings to electric utilities as the industry expands into alternative and renewable energy sources.

Integral Analytics specializes in data analytics that help utility managers evaluate, plan and dispatch electricity resources more effectively. Its software products are designed to deal with issues arising from the transformation of an electric grid facing increasing growth in distributed energy resources, such as solar and electric vehicles.

Integral Analytics' solutions assist utilities in effectively harnessing the power of renewables and energy storage to help them provide lower cost power reliably. The company's solutions generally reduce the annual distribution capital budget of utilities by three to 10 pct, according to a company statement. (Source: Willdan Group, 4 Aug., 2017)Contact: Integral Analytics, (513) 767-7621,; Willdan Group Inc., Tom Brisbin, Pres., CEO, Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (720) 940-6300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan Group,  Integral Analytics,  Energy STorage,  

Aussie Hotel Gets Major Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Ind. Report)
Honeywell Building Solutions
Date: 2017-08-07
In the Land Down Under, Honeywell reports the implementation of its Honeywell Enterprise Building Integrator (EBI) and Building Management System (BMS) at the Crown Towers Hotel complex in Perth. which is an expansion of the Crown complex in Perth.

The BMS optimizes building controls, improves energy efficiency, and coordinates access controls, lighting and other for improved energy management and efficiency. The system provides environmental and energy management HVAC control along with control of drapes, lighting controls via designer switches controlled from mobile tablets. Honeywell also modernized the site's direct digital control (DDC) system that controls and monitors multiple building functions during Crown Perth's enterprise upgrade. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 4 Aug., 2017) Contact: Honeywell Home and Building Technologies (HBT),,

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New York Green Buildings Roadmap calls for Energy Benchmarking -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
American Institute of Architects,Urban Green Council
Date: 2017-08-07
In the Big Apple, according to The Green Buildings Roadmap, a new report by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Urban Green Council, the real estate industry believes reducing energy use in buildings is key to the city's future.

The report calls for the next city administration to lay out a detailed long-term plan to reduce energy use in all new and existing buildings and to require disclosure of that information when properties are sold. The report also acknowledges that the present de Blasio administration's carbon-reduction plan has made strides in monitoring the energy use of office towers and multifamily buildings, the four groups want to see similar efforts for small buildings, which make up a significant chunk of the city's landscape.

The paper recommends that property managers and building operators have energy efficiency training and calls for the streamlining of red tape that often slows down and hinders smart energy projects and initiatives.

Download the report HERE. (Source: American Institute of Architects, Urban Green Building Council, Crains, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: American Institute of Architects, (212) 358-6100,; Urban Green Council, (212) 514-9385,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Green Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Bencsbmark,  

Helsinki Airport Recognizes for Carbon Neutrality (Int'l Report)
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Date: 2017-08-07
In Finland, the Helsinki airport reports it is now the 34th fully carbon-neutral airport in the world and has been awarded international Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) certification. The ACA program supports airports in their environmental efficiency drive to meet aviation industry emissions standards.

To achieve carbon neutrality, the airport uses renewable-biodiesel fuel in vehicles operating at the airport. It has also installed the largest airport solar power plant in the Nordic area, and other energy efficiency, low-carbon features that have delivered almost $130,000 per year in energy cost savings. (Source: Helsinki International Airport, August 3, 2017) Contact: Helsinki International Airport, +358 200 14636,; Airport Carbon Accreditation,

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Virginia Considering RGGI Carbon Regulation Model (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-08-07
In the Old Dominion State, the Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) advisory panel appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to create a new carbon regulation for Virginia's power plants reports its work is now underway. The panel includes representatives from the state's regulated utilities, merchant producers and electrical cooperatives as well as environmental groups and renewable energy and energy efficiency organizations.

Gov. McAuliffe directed the DEQ to develop a regulation that allows for the use of "market-based mechanisms and the trading of carbon dioxide allowances through a multi-state trading program." The only similar program is Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which sets regional yearly caps for carbon emissions, regulates emissions from fossil fuel power plants above 25 MW, and auctions off those carbon-dioxide allowances.

Virginia's power plants emitted nearly 34 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, up from 31 million in 2011, and are expected to rise to 37 million tons in 2019 and then fall to about 34.8 million tons by 2023, according to the DEQ. However, Virginia cannot sell allowances and raise revenue without legislative approval. That presents a complication for the panel in sorting out how to participate in RGGI's allowance-trading market without setting up its own auction and becoming a full-fledged member. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Aug., 2017) Contact:Department of Environmental Quality, David Paylor, Director, (804) 698-4000,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emission,  Clean Power Plan,  

REGI Testifies on Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group Inc.
Date: 2017-08-04
On Tuesday in Washington, three leaders from advanced biomass-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REGI) told EPA officials that ample feedstocks, technology and quality advances and subsidized imported biofuel are three reasons why the agency should increase the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel minimum volumes.

The proposed rule would hold the biomass-based diesel minimum volume for 2019 at the same 2.1 billion gallon level as the final 2018 RVO. The proposal also calls for a 40 million gallon reduction (ethanol equivalent gallons) in the 2018 total advanced biofuel, calling for 4.24 billion gallons, down from the 4.28 billion gallons in the final 2017 rule. REGI will submit official comments on the proposal by the August 31 deadline. (Source: REGI, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: REGI, Anthony Hulen Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, + (703) 822-1972,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group ,  REGI,  Biodiesel RFS,  

SEER Completes Wholly Owned Subsidiary Sale (M&A)
Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources
Date: 2017-08-04
Golden, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services provider Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER) is reporting the sale of its wholly-owned Tactical Cleaning Company, LLC to Tactical Cleaning Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of New Seneca Partners.

Under the terms of the sale, SEER received $2.4 million at the close on July 31, 2017 and will receive guaranteed payments of $1.1 million over the next three years plus another $1.5 million based on Tactical's performance, also over the next three years. The sale contract represents a total possible purchase price of $5.0 million. The sale net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. (Source: Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources Inc., PR, Marketwired, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: SEER, John Combs, (720) 460-3522,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources,  

Aussie Councils Leading the Way on Climate Change (Int'l)
Australian Climate Council
Date: 2017-08-04
In the Land Down Under, a new Australian Climate Council report claims that regional and municipal councils are well ahead of state and federal governments in capitalizing on renewable energy and tackling climate change.

The report claims one in five councils surveyed across Australia are aiming for 100 percent renewable energy and/or zero emissions. The report also notes that urban centres are major contributors to carbon emissions, producing about three-quarters of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from electricity and energy use in buildings and transport.

By changing the way we use and produce energy, says the Climate Council, "70 percent of emission reductions required to meet the Paris Climate Agreement can be achieved in cities." Investments in renewable energy worth millions of dollars are being rolled out across Australia by a number of local councils, according to the report. (Source: Australian Climate Council, Architecture & Design, 25 July, 2017)Contact: Australian Climate Council,

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